Since the last time I posted we finished up our six month long project in New Jersey, moved back to our place in Manhattan, and took a much needed vacation to the Puerto Rican island of Culebra!
The Culebra landscape looks like this
And the beaches look like this
This particular beach is known as Flamenco beach. Flamenco beach is consistently rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We loved Flamenco beach and we spent a lot of time playing in the waves!
We also went to the isolated Zoni beach for sunset walks.
Mike is losing a battle with his beach towel in this shot.
In order to snorkel we had to hike over tough mountain terrain to the other side of the island.
That's me with my snorkel gear in tow - hot, tired and lost - trying to figure out the way to Tamarindo beach.
When we finally found Tamarindo, the snorkeling was amazing!!
Here I am over top of a huge staghorn coral.
And here's Mike swimming over more lovely coral. We snorkeled for many hours and saw all kinds of beautiful corals, sea fans, sponges, anemones, gorgonians, urchins and fish.
This above photo is for you Johanna! We know how much you loved our urchin.
After a long day of snorkeling, it was nice to return to the Bahia Marina where we stayed.
This is one of the Bahia Marina's many pools.
And this is one of the Bahia Marina's many snakes! The name of the island ("Culebra") means "snake" and I can see why. We saw a number of them. The most interesting snake encounter happened INSIDE OUR CONDO. A very long black snake slithered into the hallway when Mike opened the front door. Mike isn't the least bit afraid of snakes (he actually loves snakes!) so Mike happily followed the snake into the kitchen and managed to get it headed back through the hallway and out the front door - all while I hid in the bathroom!
Dinner at the Bahia Marina's outdoor restaurant was so good that night, it made me quickly forget the snake incident.
Along with our sunburns and mosquito bites, we're left with memories of beautiful beaches, great snorkeling, friendly people, and amazing views. We will definitely go back to Culebra!!!!